Amayna shifts to red

28 August, 2008

Chilean wine producer Amayna claims to have produced the first Syrah varietal from the country's Leyda Valley, better known for producing white wines.

Only 890 cases of the wine were made with fruit hand-picked in the 2007 vintage from a 2ha vineyard of five-year-old vines.

The Chilena estate is one of only four in the cool-climate region, close to the Pacific coast.

Winemaker Claudia Gomez said: "We decided to plant Syrah in Leyda because, as well as being sure that

this variety responds well to this climate, the landscape and soils are similar to those of the northern Rhône."

The wine is on retail at around £19.99 and is available through Paragon Vintners.




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